Conflicts already established:
Conflict/Debate: Some say free speech on campus is developmentally important to expose all students to different types of speech, even if they receive it as offensive as it helps build resilience and real-world knowledge. Others feel that it is important to instill speech codes that allow for inclusivity of the modern-day campus demographic with more diverse population.
Position 1: The first position state that limiting free speech of campus is a form of oppression to all groups, including those in marginalized and minority groups. The solicitation of censorship on speech that some may find offensive could do more harm than good by coddling students instead of making them more resilient. Exposing students to with opposing perspectives and beliefs broadens their intellectual interest. Speech codes and other forms of limitation on free speech hinder a full education and therefore interfering with the developmental process.
Position 2: The second position feels that speech codes at colleges and universities are more suitable on the modern campus demographic since the significant increase of women and minority students since the 1970’s. Universities argue that it is necessary to enact such codes as they promote campus inclusivity, diversity and tolerance on campus. They also argue that such codes help prevent a “hostile environment” and prevent creating a divide within the student body. The prohibition of such speech also deter from distractions that take away from the academic agenda.
Based on my research and recommended research by my peers in a previous discussion, a possible common ground that appears clear on both perspectives is the right for educational institutions to create an environment that is intellectually engaging for students. Free speech is not necessarily condoning a shouting match among students or controversial guest speakers, but promotes the exchange of ideas and conversation among students. While freely exercising speech, ideas and perspectives, universities and students must work together to condemn hate speech that promote racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of bias agendas.
Writing Project Four (200 points)
For this final essay, you will explore multiple positions for the purpose of proposing a compromise in a Rogerian style
essay. This is an argument, but instead of defending your own position, your goal is to argue for a mutually beneficial
compromise between two or more opposing positions.
Your Topic: Again, you may choose from the list of topics provided for you in the headings of the electronic anthology.
This means you may continue to explore your current topic, or if you would simply like to explore something new, you
can choose a different topic from the electronic anthology.
This essay requires persuasive strategies, synthesis, summarization, common ground, a build up to a compromise, and
other forms of basic argumentation. In order to provide a potential compromise, you will construct your essay using the
Identify and briefly summarize the major oppositional opinions in the argument via the sources you find early in
a. What is their reasoning?
b. What points do they make? Etc…
Describe possible commonalities between the major oppositional positions
Identify a compromise to be argued in the essay – please remember that this position will not be presented as your
own but rather as the essay’s outlook.
I would like you to include material from at least five (5) sources.
Include a Works Cited page listing all of the outside sources used in the essay.
If you have questions, you can e-mail me, and I am happy to help. Be certain to also look through the materials on
Rogerian argument that I have provided for you in the class content.
Your audience for this essay will be hostile to compromise, so again, you will need to be persuasive in your attempts to
bring the two side together. Your job is to help your readers trust that you have come to a reasonable compromise.
Enhance skills used in identifying debatable issues and their associated positions.
Use research skills to build support for position.
Explore the opposing viewpoints through counterargument.
Please develop the above topic in a five (5) to seven (7)-page essay. This essay should be formatted with 1-inch margins
on all sides and composed in 12-point Times New Roman. The paper should be developed using the MLA format, an
example of which can be found in Everything’s An Argument.
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